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The National Governors Association (NGA) has selected Indiana as one of five states to participate a national Public Safety Wireless Communications Policy Academy, a program created to help governors and other state and local policymakers develop statewide interoperability plans to improve emergency response communications.
The grant will reimburse up to $50,000 for expenses incurred during the intensive twelve-month process, which includes an in-state policy workshop, two policy academy meetings and customized technical assistance. In addition to working within their own teams, Indiana will work closely with peers from other states and a "faculty" of government specialists, researchers and other experts. .
Most states chosen to participate in past academies used the opportunity as a beginning step in the process of improving public safety interoperable communications. Indiana, however, approached the application differently. Planning, engineering, and much of the construction for Project Hoosier SAFE-T is nearly complete, and the system has become a national model for statewide interoperability. Success of the system, however, depends upon unified and clear system policies and operating procedures as well as system training and exercises. The NGA Public Safety Wireless Communications Policy Academy will allow Indiana to consult with peers from other states, government specialists, researchers, and other experts as we create this plan.
Specifically, Indiana's goals as a participant in the Public Safety Wireless Communications Policy Academy are to:
The Indiana team will consist of eight individuals drawn from the existing Integrated Public Safety Commission (IPSC) - the governing body that oversees Project Hoosier SAFE-T.
Other states chosen to participate in the 2006 Public Safety Wireless Communications Policy Academy are Alabama, Minnesota, Montana and Washington.